After the release of Stranger Things season 4, fans pointed out that everyone forget Will Byers' birthday. But did the writers also forget it or was it intentional?
The scene in season 4 happens when Eleven is being bullied by Angela and her friends while Jake (Logan Allen) is filming with his camera. As we watch the camera recording, we see the date March 22. That day is supposed to be Will’s birthday.
In a recent interview with Variety, Duffer Brothers answered the question. Matt Duffer said,
"The honest response is, clearly like the characters in the show, we also forgot about Will’s birthday. So the debate now is whether we adjust Will’s birthday or we just let it be really sad."
Ross Duffer: Oh, my God, I almost don’t want you to write this because you’re going to get us in trouble with the fans for forgetting his birthday. It was six years ago that I wrote that date!
Matt Duffer: You know how George R.R. Martin has somebody — I mean, his story is more vast — and Stephen King has someone who just keeps track of this stuff? We need. We don’t have that. So Ross and I, and my memory’s not great, but we love Will, and I don’t want people to think we don’t love Will because we forgot — we do! But now we mentioned Dustin’s birthday this season (laughs), so we’re being very careful for people not to forget, in case the timelines…
Ross Duffer: Here’s what I think. I think what we’re going to do is we’ll go and George Lucas it.
Matt Duffer: We’re thinking his new birthday is going to be May 22nd, because “May” can fit in Winona’s mouth. So that would be us George Lucas-ing the situation.
Ross Duffer: Of course, that would mean his mom forgot his birthday! It’s too mean. It was obviously a mistake, and we’re sorry. We apologize to the fans.
Matt Duffer: And especially to Will! It’s unfair.
So don't blame Will's family because the creators of the show also forgot his birthday.